As I mentioned a few days ago, last Saturday I attended the “Do Hard Things” conference in a city near me. I desperately wish there were more of these conferences, and that each and every young person I know had a chance to go hear the things shared. But even if that is never possible, hopefully I and my fellow rebelutionaries can bring the message to you.
If you aren’t familiar with “Do Hard Things” (and by extension wondered about the word “rebelutionary” above), here is a link where you can read some background and learn about Alex and Brett Harris, the twin brothers who wrote the book “Do Hard Things” and use their platform to inspire and exhort young people all over the world. As they explain it,
The word ‘rebelution’ is a combination of the words “rebellion” and “revolution.” So it carries a sense of an uprising against social norms. But in this case, it’s not a rebellion against God-established authority, but against the low expectations of our society. It’s a refusal to be defined by our ungodly, rebellious culture. Actually, we like to think of it as rebelling against rebellion.
In 1 Timothy 4:12, the Apostle Paul tells Timothy, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” In other words, as young people we are called to be exemplary in all areas of life. Our generation is falling incredibly short of that calling. Instead of serving as the launching pad of life, the teen years are seen as a vacation from responsibility. We call it the “myth of adolescence.” And the Rebelution is all about busting that myth.
The battle cry of The Rebelution is just three words, but it’s an explosive concept: Do Hard Things. That’s it. And “do hard things” is a mentality. It’s a mentality that flies right in the face of our culture’s low expectations. The world says, “You’re young, have fun!” It tells us to “obey your thirst” and “just do it.” Or it tells us, “You’re great! You don’t need to exert yourself.” But those kinds of mindsets sabotage biblical character and competence.
“Do Hard Things” is just the opposite. It’s how we build character and competence. It won’t drop to meet the low expectations, it won’t just do what comes easily, and it won’t become complacent. It applies no matter who you are or what level you’re on, because there’s always something harder to do, something that will take you outside your comfort zone and cause you to grow.
Check out the full “About the Rebelution” page on their website.
Here are some highlights of the conference.
Worship) A band called Reilly led worship for the event along with Joel Harris, older brother to the twins. It was one of the most exciting, inspiring times of worship I’ve ever participated in, and it encouraged my heart to witness so many young people worshiping God with reckless abandon. Truly something to behold.
Changed lives) I had never realized before how compelling it is to see someone come to Christ right before your eyes. I was brought to tears hearing and seeing 140+ people make bold, unashamed commitments to the Lord, then band together to seek and worship God. Young women we’d never met approached my friend and I to join us in prayer, and it was one of the most astounding moments of my life to realize that I might never see these two sweet sisters in Christ again this side of heaven, but in the brief moment we met, we bonded at the very cores of our beings because God was in our midst.
Inspiration) There were so many wonderful quotes from the sessions — here are just a few of my favorites.
The ceiling is where the floor should be, in reference to the low expectations that confront modern young adults.
You will become the person you strive to become.
Do the teen years better than they have ever been done before.
Never make the mistake of thinking you’ve arrived.
Don’t do what’s hard for someone else — do what’s hard for you.
The “do hard things mentality” involves six things. 1) Fighting sin in our lives and recognizing who we’re fighting. 2) Battling discouragement and complacency. 3) Doing more than is required. 4) Getting over our fear of failure, because growth occurs when you push to failure. 5) Focusing on doing the small things well. 6) Living your best life, not your easiest life.
Are you constantly striving to be better at loving and serving God?
Is your faith genuine? Are you acting like a Christian because it’s easier to act like a follower of Christ than act like what you really are? Do you pray simply because God listens? Do you read God’s word simply because it is true? Do you obey God simply because He is worthy? Do you see enough fruit in your life to be confident that you are truly born again?
What does it take to be “dug down deep” in your relationship with Christ? 1) You have to come to Jesus. 2) You have to hear and listen to His words. 3) You must put His words into practice.
I wish there were some way to capture for you the encouragement and renewal that we came away with. If you’ve never read the book, it is well worth your time and just might influence the decisions you are making right now, if you’re my age. I guarantee that you won’t quickly forget it.
Has anyone else read “Do Hard Things” or attended a conference? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
And pictures …